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Police arrest three foreigners for B30mn jewelry heist

Phuket Gazette

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Jewelry merchant Thongsak Chintakanroek, who was robbed of 30 million baht in precious jewelry in Phuket yesterday, said he had faith the police would catch the thieves 'soon'. Photo: Atchaa Khamlo

PHUKET: -- Police have arrested four people in connection with theft of 30 million baht of jewelry in Phuket yesterday morning while the were heading for the Malaysian border after.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Chonasit Wattanavrangkul confirmed to the Phuket Gazette that the suspects were arrested at by Trang Highway Police officers at a checkpoint in Sikao District, in Trang province.

The three switched getaway cars after fleeing the scene in a Toyota Vios rented in Phuket, Maj Gen Chonasit said.

“After dumping their initial getaway car in Patong, the three headed off-island in a Toyota Fortuner they also rented in Phuket,” he said.

But that didn’t fool the Phuket investigators. CCTV footage showing the thieves leaving the scene gave away the Toyota Vios license plate, leading police on a paper trail to discover the rented Fortuner and its license plate registration.

“We contacted all agencies – including Immigration, Tourist Police and Highways Police – and asked them to keep an eye out for the rented Fortuner,” Maj Gen Chonasit said.

At 7pm yesterday, Highway Police Station 2 Division 7 led by Col Jakkrapan Janwana stopped the Fortuner and asked to search the car.

A search by officers discovered the stolen jewelry, including gold, diamonds and other precious gems, in two separate bags inside the car.

Police have arrested at least four people travelling inside the vehicle: one Russian man, two Malaysian women and one Thai man.

Police have yet to name the suspects arrested.

However, police have also reported that one of the Malaysian women escaped custody.

“While the police officers were questioning the suspects, one of the Malaysian woman, the large one, asked to use the bathroom at the police station.

“But she ended up running away from the station. We are now searching for her,” Col Jakkrapan said.

Phuket Police are now escorting the suspects back to Phuket.

A press conference is expected to be held later today.

Source: http://www.phuketgaz...ticle14969.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2012-05-15

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“While the police officers were questioning the suspects, one of the Malaysian woman, the large one, asked to use the bathroom at the police station.

“But she ended up running away from the station. We are now searching for her,” Col Jakkrapan said.

It's always the large one isn't it? rolleyes.gif

That's a bit of egg on the face of the local constabulary.... any more and it will be an omlette.

Still, the apprehension of this lot appears to have involved some real police work. I am impressed. The foreign criminals don't appear to be quite as retarded as the usual pattaya/phuket suspects either.

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Here I am thinking its 3 white men having pulled this off.

Certainly headline suggests foreigners only.

So with amazement I read, that its really only 1 foreigner ( Russian male ) 1 Thai man and then 2 Malay women.

The women hardly look "foreign" comparing with Europeans. And usually the concensus in Thailand is, that you got to have white skin, before labelled falang.

So howcome, 2 days in a row, they mention 3 foreigners ?

Fact now dictates 3 Asian and 1 falang ( foreigner )

Better headline "3 Asians arrested for Bt30Mn jewelry heist" ??

And how would they know already yesterday, that the 2 women was not Thai, just by cc footage ?

This truly is miracle Thailand :-)

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We are now searching for her,” Col Jakkrapan said.

Hope she wasn't carrying 29.9m worth of the stolen goods. rolleyes.gif

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The suspects can't be real bright .... wouldn't you realise the police would be looking for the rental car at every road checkpoint ?

Sounds like gangsters watched to much of keystone cops ... cheesy.gif

Anyway , there still one suspect ' still at large '

I think there's more to this episode regarding the car parked at the supercentre and having the jewelry sitting in the back ... we haven't been told the full story here in my opinion. neus.gif

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Police arrest 3 foreigners ............ and 1 Thai man apparently , why this title about foreigners and nothing about the Thai ? The foreigners are already responsible of all problems in Thailand , heavy rain , too much sunshine , tsunami, heavy floods in Bangkok ...... so I guess its a better title to avoid talking Thai , of course Thais never kill anyone , never robe banks or gold shop ....

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